Brian - your final PFlo rinse (or whatever your final bath is) should not be on a reel, but dipped "by hand", so to speak. Most folks I know "see-saw" the film in a large loop from left to right, then hang.
I use PFlo, but I also use a graphic arts wipe called "Webril Pads", which come in a roll that will last a very long time. It's like a very tightly compressed cotton, like felt. I fold up the webril into a small pad, dip into the PFlo, and use the empty film processing tank to "roll" the excess out of it. Then gently swab (one pass, one direction) each side of the film from top to bottom, changing sides of the pad from e-side to base side. I'll use one pad for two films, turning it inside out, but more rolls than that I use another pad. I've never had any issues with this method. Sheet film I just hang diagonally.
I leave my film on the spiral and soak in LFN, then give the spiral a good shake and hang my film. I rinse the spiral in hot tap water for clean-up. I've been doing this for years and haven't had any problems with spots or sticky reels.
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hold both ends of the film, rocker it in the liquid, pull out in an even determined pull and hold at an angle to let water go off the film, clip and put in dryer.
this should be a very fast and defined pull through the photoflow, I rock for about 30 seconds one roll at a time.
Originally Posted by brian steinberger
Thanks guys, maybe I should invest in a dropper and just put 2 or so drops of photo-flo per roll?
And Bob, should I just be dipping in the photo-flo? No agitation? I usually leave it in the photo-flo for 30 sec or so. And you mean hold at an angle, you mean the reel with the roll on it as soon you take it out of the photo-flo?